NBA: Tim Hardaway Jr, Luka Doncic star in Dallas Mavericks win; Washington Wizards beat Los Angeles Lakers
Dallas were playing for the first time in eight days after two postponements because of a wintry weather blast in Texas. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play after showing up on the injury report the day of the game with back stiffness.
After the NBA pulled the plug on his anthem-less contests, Cuban released a statement focused on the issue of people who take issue with the anthem.
Cuban didn't elaborate on his decision not to play the anthem, saying nobody had noticed.
NBA: Stephen Curry’s 57 points in vain as Mavericks edge out Warriors; Lakers survive scare from Pistons
The Mavs with the victory managed to avoid a two-game sweep at home after losing 147-116 on Thursday.
NBA: Bojan Bogdanovic helps Jazz beat Mavericks; Paul George, Kawhi Leonard return to spark Clippers
All-stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 50 points in their return from the COVID-19 unavailable list as the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Orlando Magic 116-90.
The Lakers, who had won a franchise-best 10 road games to start the season, nearly kept the streak alive despite trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Two-time MVP winner Antetokounmpo hit 14-of-21 shots from the floor and Khris Middleton finished with 25 points for the host Bucks, who have won seven of their last eight games.
NBA: Lakers rout OKC for franchise-record 7-0 road start; Trail Blazers tie franchise record 23 3-pointers
The defending champions Lakers have won four straight to improve to an NBA-best 10-3. They surpassed the 1985-86 squad with the 7-0 road start
NBA also said it would meet with the National Basketball Players Association about possible modifications in the joint safety protocols.
The 76ers came in at 7-1 and off their best performance of the season, when they shot an NBA season-high 61.7% in a 141-136 victory over Washington
The reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points by halftime, shot 17 of 24 from the floor overall and finished with nine rebounds.
Stephen Curry had the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season, finishing 18 for 31 and 8 of 16 on 3-pointers after beginning with a 21-point first quarter.
The Lakers closed with a 9-0 run for their second victory over the Spurs in three days.
In Charlotte, Gordon Hayward scored 28 points as the Hornets cooled off red-hot Brooklyn, handing the Nets their first defeat of the season 106-104.
NBA: Kyrie Irving, Duncan Robinson spark routs with record 3-point shows, LeBron James becomes No. 2 Christmas scorer
Irving scored 37 points, hitting 7-of-10 3-point attempts in his return to Boston, as the Nets ripped his former Celtics teammates 123-95.
Antetokounmpo, who last week signed a five-year contract extension reportedly worth a record $228 million, led Milwaukee with 35 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
NBA season preview: From Lakers getting stronger to Bucks winning free agency, biggest talking points
After the most protracted, and yet abbreviated, season of the NBA comes the shortest season of the league. Here are the biggest talking points:
Franchises are fine-tuning their rosters as veterans work on their roles and rookies seek to show they can contribute with the new NBA season less than two weeks away.
Fox's numbers have improved in each of his three NBA seasons. He averaged 11.6 points as a rookie, then 17.3 points two seasons ago and finally 21.1 points last season for the Kings. His field goal percentage has also risen in each of the last two seasons.
Porzingis signed a $158 million, five-year max contract with Dallas in July 2019.